ON WEDNESDAY, May 23, HD Kumaraswamy finally took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, and the resultant pictures jolted India's polity. Sonia Gandhi stood next to Mayawati, Sharad Pawar on the other side, Akhilesh Yadav beaming, Sitaram Yechury in a crisp kurta, Ajit Singh’s glasses firmly on his nose and even Velu Narayanasamy looking like a VIP.
Even as news anchors discussed whether the Opposition unity will hold till 2019, for the people of Punjab, there was something very intriguing about that picture, and rightly so. It was not easy not to miss someone who was not in the frame. The absence was much more jarring than his presence.
Congress effectively has only one chief minister in India now, and that is Amarinder Singh. (If you insist on splitting hair and counting Puducherry CM, then let's grant the party two chief ministers.)
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